• Thor Posted: 3/17/2008 9:54am PDT

    There sure is room for a car below the entry level 8-0cylinder, which had about 500 HP now. 20 years ago, it had HALF that power!

    But that new Dino must be an AUTHENTIC Ferrari and NOT a re-badged ALfa or Fiat!

    Therefore, and given that the original DIno WAS NOT authentic in all its components, maybe the name DINO is NOT the best for the new entry level car.

  • brian Posted: 3/17/2008 12:29pm PDT

    Frankly, I'd be more excited about a "Baby Ferrari" that was about the size and weight of a Lotus Elise with something along the lines of a 2.0-2.5 L 6-cylinder spinning @ 250hp and priced below $70K

  • xjug1987 Posted: 3/17/2008 12:41pm PDT

    Thor: Well put.

  • Thor Posted: 3/17/2008 1:20pm PDT

    Thanks.

    Now re the Lotus Elise and Exige, these are $45k and $67k cars, I believe, but their engine is a 100% unchanged 1.8 Toyota engine that you could buy in the coupe or spyder MR2 for half or even a third of the price.

    What Lotus did is they took off weight, they made the Elise and Exige bare-bones, improved the suspension perhaps, but does that justify these kind of prices?

  • slade Posted: 3/17/2008 2:32pm PDT

    I believe the Exige S is supercharged and intercooled. You are paying for a 100% performance car for the track or to tear people up at an Auto X event. With an amazing suspension setup and balanced chassis.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Exige#Exige_Specifications

    When this baby Ferrari comes out it has to be 100% Ferrari product and not borrowed material.

  • Reece Posted: 3/17/2008 7:53pm PDT

    Depends what you mean by 100% ferrari. Masseratti were once part of Ferrari stable and they share engines and other components. Masser are no Fiat or Alfa but likely new Ferrari will share some DNA with the masser.

    Would love to see ultra-light Ferrari and they are talking of going down that route more but hopefully not to the point of diluting the Ferrari name and exclusivity.

    hope it looks like the comgen photo

  • Dave Posted: 3/18/2008 9:20pm PDT

    The only people who say that the original Dino is not an "authentic" Ferrari are those who have no hope of driving one.

  • M3Rheino Posted: 4/8/2008 2:24pm PDT

    Ferrari's CEO has been quoted as saying, "...if people want a cheaper Ferrari, they can buy a used Ferrari." This just may be a smoke screen, but I really don't think that want to do anything that could dilute the mystique of the brand.